Re: [quicwg/base-drafts] Recommend discarding bad, unauthentication packets (#2141)

Kazuho Oku <> Thu, 13 December 2018 07:37 UTC

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kazuho commented on this pull request.

> @@ -1000,6 +1000,12 @@ to more quickly identify when a connection becomes unusable.
 Packets that are matched to an existing connection, but for which the endpoint
 cannot remove packet protection, are discarded.
+Invalid packets without packet protection, such as Initial, Retry, or Version
+Negotiation, SHOULD be discarded without altering connection state.  An endpoint

I tend to agree with @marten-seemann. I wonder if we might rather say MAY here (or "can"), because people might wonder what the anticipated behavior is, without the definition of what "invalid" means.

Does it mean a packet with a broken encoding? Or does it mean a frame containing a semantically invalid frame; i.e. ACK containing a PN that was never used?

My understanding is that we do not want to define "invalid", hence the suggestion to use a weaker word.

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